Posted by: billpurdue | October 12, 2009

70 It’s an Autumn book bonanza

October is the time of year when many publishers release their blockbuster titles with a view to hopefully making a packet on the Christmas sales. According to The Bookseller magazine, so many new titles were released on October 1st that there has been a big boost in sales. Certainly if you call in your local bookshop now, you will see plenty of brand new stuff on display and there should also be big discounts. Book stores are getting ready for the busy season by stacking up big piles of new fiction and biography titles. Some stores have the doorstopper type of non-fiction reduced to sometimes less than half price.  I’m not just talking about cookery and gardening books – look out for the” Times History of the World” and the  book accompanying the new BBC series “Life” starting this week as well as David Attenborough’s own “Life Stories” and a spin off from the popular BBC series, “Coast from the Air”. But that’s just a few of the titles: pop down to your local bookshop now and grab those early Christmas bargains.

Man Booker Winner

Wolf HallSo the Man Booker Prize winner is Hilary Mantel for her latest novel Wolf Hall [Fourth Estate £18.99 978-0007230181], described as fast paced , earthy and with a vast array of characters. Set in England in the 1520s, it charts the rise of Thomas Cromwell, not to be confused with Oliver Cromwell.   Man Booker Prize winners have had a reputation in the past for being rather high brow, but this seems to have a wider appeal, though it’s said to be not an easy read and it’s written in the historical present tense, which doesn’t suit everyone . For a digest of the plot of “Wolf Hall”, check out the Guardian website. The paperback is out in March.

Topping the charts..

Girl who kicked the hornetsDan Brown, author of “The Da Vinci Code” was at the top of the UK and US charts with “The Lost Symbol” last week followed in the UK by Stieg Larsson’s The Girl who kicked the Hornets’ Nest [MacLehose Press  £18.99 978-1906694166]. Larsson left behind the manuscripts of three crime novels after his death in 2004. He was a keen opponent of right wing and anti-semitic groups, which prompted some to suspect foul play, but he was a very heavy smoker.  The Millennium Trilogy, as it is known, is now complete with this latest novel which promises to be just as thrilling as the first two. Almost eight million copies of the books have been sold since the first was published in 2005 and 32 countries have bought the rights to the trilogy. Stieg Larsson now joins the long list of Swedish crime writers in translation including the popular Henning Mankell who created the detective Wallander.

Look out for …

.. a new title from thriller writer Martina Cole, Hard Girls [Headline £18.99 978-0755328680], featuring DCI Annie Carr and retired DCI Kate Burrows, who set out to trace the killer of a brutally murdered prostitute, but then another body of a girl is found. How many more bodies will be found before the murderer is caught? It’s due out at the end of this month.

Fans of the BBC Masterchef series will be interested to know that two books to accompany the series are to be published, but not until after Christmas. “The Best of Masterchef”, a 400 page hardback is due out on 1st January and will cost £20.

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